The House Select Committee investigating the deadly U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, has subpoenaed 14 GOPs from 7 states who served on fake slates of Donald Trump electors in November 2020 as part of the ex-US President Trump campaign’s strategy to challenge the Electoral College. The Republican leaders from the states served as ‘Chairperson” or ‘Secretary’ on the slates of fake electors designed to be so-called “alternate electors” should GOPs flourish in repudiating the certifications of the genuine electoral votes won by Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
The Select Committee has issued subpoenas to 14 individuals who participated as purported “alternate electors” for former President Trump.
The committee is seeking information from individuals who met and submitted purported Electoral-College certificates in seven states. pic.twitter.com/XAgQS8a8NF
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 28, 2022
The Trump campaign’s scheme did not work, and the former US Vice-President Mike Pence certified the outcomes of the 2020 Presidential contest on 6th JAN when the congressional session resumed after being episodic by a crowd of pro-Donald Trump protestors.
Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said of this batch of subpoenas that the Panel is seeking information about attempts in several states to tilt the 2020 election results, including the planning and harmonization of efforts to send bogus slates of electors to the U.S. National Archives. Moreover, they believe the persons they’ve issued subpoenas now have information regarding how these ‘alternate electors’ met and who was behind the scene player.
In Committee’s subpoena letters, it says it has in its possession these alternate elector certificates from the U.S. National Archives. In addition, the panel says it has documents displaying that these delegations sent the fake electors to United States Congress as a justification to postpone or obstruct the certification of the presidential election and specifically for Mr. Pence to consider while in his role as the Senate President when he certified the 2020 election.
“alternate not fake electors”
Last week, the House Select Committee received more than 700 pages from the National Archives that were formerly tied up in litigation after the United States Supreme Court ruled that ex-President Trump couldn’t block the committee from receiving them.
The following fourteen individuals, subpoenaed recently by the January 6th Committee, were either registered as a “chairperson or secretary of a group of alternate electors.”
- David Shafer, Chairperson, Georgia
- Shawn Still, Secretary, Georgia
- Nancy Cottle, Chairperson, Arizona
- Loraine B. Pellegrino, Secretary, Arizona
- Jewll Powdrell, Chairperson, New Mexico
- Deborah W. Maestas, Secretary, New Mexico
- Kathy Berden, Chairperson, Michigan
- Mayra Rodriguez, Secretary, Michigan
- Andrew Hitt, Chairperson, Wisconsin
- Kelly Ruh, Secretary, Wisconsin
- Michael J. McDonald, Chairperson, Nevada
- James DeGraffenreid, Secretary, Nevada
- Bill Bachenberg, Chairperson, Pennsylvania
- Lisa Patton, Secretary, Pennsylvania
The subpoena letters ask all persons to produce documents on 11th February, and appear for interviews throughout February. Last week, Boris Epshteyn, the former Trump campaign adviser, told the news outlet that he was part of this determination to put up bogus electors.
Epshteyn told the news outlet after asserting that those electors were indeed ‘alternate’ and not fake electors; yes, he was part of the progression to ensure there’re alternate electors for when, as they anticipated, the challenges to the seated electors would be heard and successful.
The 6th JAN panel had subpoenaed dozens, including allies of Donald Trump, ex-White House officials, campaign advisors, and individuals involved in the planning and organizing of the demonstration outside the White House before Capitol Hill came under the obstruction. So, two top Trump associates, Mr. Steve Bannon and Mr. Mark Meadows, ex-White House chief of staff, have been held in contempt of the U.S. Congress for rejecting to comply with subpoenas, and the U.S. DOJ has charged Steve Bannon. Both said they’re following instructions from the then-President, who has claimed executive-privilege.